Ex-Bull Derrick Rose reflects on career, fight for equality in Adidas video

Derrick Rose is entering Year 13 of his NBA career with a fresh perspective.

In a recently-released video sponsored by Adidas, the former Bulls star reflected on his basketball career, recent social unrest in the United States and his commitment to stand for equality. 

The piece is a part of Adidas’ “Ready for Change” film series, meant to shine light on professional athletes’ motivation to compete on and off the court. Notable submissions aside from Rose include Liz Cambage, P.K. Subban, J.J. Redick, John Collins and more.

“It’s hard growing up in Chicago. It’s hard trying to fight these boundaries and you have to fight through so many elements to find out what you are,” Rose said in the video. He added that he never personally experienced police brutality growing up in Englewood, but that stories of injustice “haunted” his neighborhood.

“Everybody is different, that’s how I look at it,” he said. “Just trying to be open so that I’m never blocked off or being judgemental to someone I don’t understand.

“Knowing yourself or getting knowledge of yourself, that’s like an ongoing thing. Every day I’m working on myself.”

After multiple severe knee injuries that culminated in an abrupt end to his Bulls tenure, the former MVP has spearheaded an on-court resurgence with stops in Minnesota and Detroit, highlights of which are featured in the film.

Achieving basketball mastery clearly motivates him. “They say it’s 10,000 hours to master something, I’m at least 25 to 30,000 for sure,” he said.


But the gratitude he feels for the platform basketball has given him drives him as well.

“This is a way for me to express myself,” he said of basketball. “My biggest thing was like, I wanted to make sure everybody was equal, that we’re all on the same page… My platform of basketball has given me the chance to touch others in another way that I can’t even explain.”


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University of Michigan ‘EQUALITY’ decal debuts on football team’s helmets

If you looked closely during the University of Michigan’s football season opener on Saturday, you may have noticed a special detail on the Wolverines’ helmets.

The University of Michigan Athletic Department has developed two designs to be worn on team uniforms, helmets and pregame warmups by all varsity programs during the 2020-21 academic year.

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The University of Michigan Athletic Department has developed two designs to be worn on team uniforms, helmets and pregame warmups by all varsity programs during the 2020-21 academic year.

They’ve been marked with a decal that reads “EQUALITY” and depicts six raised fists in various skin tones.

Born from a student-led initiative, the decals are meant to reflect the diversity of Michigan’s campus and show its teams’ commitment to racial justice.

“Athletes wearing this decal demonstrates our role in our community,” Kwity Paye, a senior at the university and a defensive end for the Wolverines, said in a news release. “It is a chance for us to be able to contribute to increasing awareness about social injustice, and it’s great for those watching to see our passion so they can be aware of it as well.”

In case you missed the game, the Wolverines beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers 49-24.

The University of Michigan Athletics Department will be emblazoning either the equality decal or a Black Lives Matter emblem reading “BLM” on the uniforms, helmets and warmup gear for all varsity teams during the 2020-2021 school year. Teams will vote on which decal they’ll wear on their uniforms.

Briana Nelson, a graduate student on the track and field team, led Michigan’s effort.

“I’m excited because this is an opportunity for us to step outside of sport and advocate while also competing,” she said. “It’s something that will draw attention during big games and on television. Essentially, it’s spreading the message, even to people who are just watching us for sport, that this is bigger than sports.”

An NCAA panel approved rules in July allowing sports teams to wear patches on their uniforms in support of social justice causes, as the United States was in the midst of a national reckoning on race.

The committee also announced it would permit players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with names or logos “intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes.”

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Proudest moment of my career? Fighting for equality in hockey

[Editor’s note: Meghan Duggan, who captained the U.S. women’s hockey team to Olympic gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, announced Tuesday she is retiring. Over a 14-year stint with the national team, Duggan scored 40 goals and 35 assists in 137 games and won seven gold medals at IIHF world championships. She was part of three Olympic teams, winning silver in 2010 and 2014 before the gold in 2018. Duggan expands on her decision in this personal essay.]

One of the biggest moments in my hockey career came in a boardroom. It was March 2017, and for the previous 15 months, my teammates and I had been negotiating with USA Hockey for equitable support and treatment for girls and women in the program. We were getting nowhere.

It’s not easy to stand up to an establishment. Past players and mentors, such as the legendary Cammi Granato, advised us: If you are going to go after something this monumental, you all have to be on the same page. Any female hockey player in the United States needed to know why we were doing this. If they had concerns, we were happy to talk through it. I had thousands of conversations with players from all levels, from the national team to high school, and their parents. Some were scared. Some were hopeful. A lot of times we were frustrated. But we had to stick together, trust our guts and be confident that this was the right thing to do.

We reached a point that we never wanted to get to: threaten a boycott. We said we wouldn’t play in the upcoming world championships until meaningful progress was made. Which brings me to that boardroom three years ago.

After another long round of fruitless negotiations, it was time to have one final discussion for the day. John Langel, one of our lawyers, said, “Meghan, I think you should deliver it.” Up to that point, our lawyers had done all of the talking, but as a team, we agreed that the other side needed to hear a player’s voice.

I’ll never forget being in that room and the emotion we all felt when we sat down again with USA Hockey. My teammates and I were practically arm in arm on one side of the table.

“We did not come this far to only come this far,” I began on behalf of all of us. “This is really important to us, and we’re not giving up now.”

We knew that moment was so much bigger than all of us. It was bigger than hockey — and bigger than sports. We were determined to implement change and make history.

As I retire, reaching that landmark deal with USA hockey in 2017 remains one of the highlights of my 14-year career with the national team.

I was talking to my best friend, Erika Lawler, recently. We’ve known each other almost 20 years. In sharing my news with her, she said, “Megs, you have so much to

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